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Tripel Karmeliet - Brouwerij Bosteels

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Ratings: 3,091
Reviews: 1,180
rAvg: 4.27
pDev: 10.3%
Wants: 180
Gots: 292 | FT: 5
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Style | ABV
Tripel |  8.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
3 grains - barley, wheat, oat. Styrian hops.

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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Pours out a nice golden yellow, slightly hazy with a very frothy white head that rests on top forever. At first it looked so nice with the head, but then got a little irritating when it didnt drop after 10 minutes.

Smell. Has a nice fresh apple tartness with a little citrus. But also quite sweet.

Taste. A very nice combination of fruit flavors and spices. I get more apples, tart and fresh. Even with the small tartness, the sweetness stands out. Small yeasty taste to it as well.

Mouthfeel. Lots of carbonation, but this one still feels on the fuller side and even a little chewy. quite nice.

Overall, an outstanding beer that i could always enjoy.

02-16-2007 16:17:11 | More by acrawf6
Photo of david131


4.4/5  rDev +3%

A- A beautiful golden colored liquid fills the glass. Constant streams of carbonation continuously make their way to the surface where they create a .25'' thick head that maintains itself for the entire drink.

S- Belgian yeast and some light fruit. A little floral aroma in there as well. Nice and light.

T- Awesome. Very fruity and floral and malty. A great balance of flavors with the yeast and sweetness.

M- Very light on the palate, but still enough meat there to not feel foamy in your mouth. This is how a tripel should be.

D- This is a wonderful beer that went down very easily. I will definitely be getting this again.

07-07-2007 03:53:03 | More by david131
Photo of number1bum


4.4/5  rDev +3%

Pours a beautiful golden color with lots of active bubbles rising to the top, and a slightly foamy but creamy looking billowing white head. Slight chill haze at first that clears out as it warms. Head recedes slowly and leaves a perfect lace on top throughout.

Smell is immediately lemony and slightly grassy, along with some zesty spice, wheat, and a light malt sweetness.

Taste also is prominently lemony, and again has a combination of wheat and sweet malt. It's a light sweetness, not overdone. Combines nicely with the zesty spice and lemon flavors. Some alcohol in there, as well.

Mouthfeel has a crisp carbonation yet is very smooth and creamy. Solid medium body and a nice creaminess from the oats.

Really nice tripel that I would gladly have again.

12-28-2007 22:06:15 | More by number1bum
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North Carolina

4.4/5  rDev +3%

Sampled from a 750ml bottle in a chalice.

A - I really like the bottle. It's simple but inspiring. The beer has a light golden color with great clarity and a big white head.

S - Candy sugar and spicy notes.

T - Mild sweetness and a lingering bitterness. Very clean and crisp.

M - Good consistency and feel.

D - This has become a favorite of mine. I really like the simplicity of it. It's very easy to drink.

05-25-2008 22:01:59 | More by GJ40
Photo of speakorspasm


4.4/5  rDev +3%

This beer is a favorite of mine. First had it at the Publick House on tap, and have had it several times on tap since - gotta say I prefer the bottled version here. I need to rely on memory for this review, though I had on only last night - still need to develop my note habits better.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - The beer pours lazily hazy, nearly opaque as it's unfiltered. A good pour rewards you with a fine head with okay retention.

S - Ahhhh... I feel like I've been whisked away to a field in Flanders... The malt profile is very interesting here, with all sorts of cereals fighting for my attention. Hard to really rely on without decent notes the morning after (this is a strong brew!), but one lasting impression it leaves is a boozy, medicinal waft that sticks to your nostrils. Very nice.

T - Still stuck in that Flemish field here, still enjoying the experience. A very complex beer, even for a traditionally complex style. There's a clove-y, herb-y bite that starts it off, just slightly above a sweet and earthy malt profile. Very boozy in a distinctly Belgian manner - you really don't taste it until it's too late.

M - Had this with a spicy BBQ Chicken pizza - this is a coat-your-mouth type of beer that can really stand up to some spice. Maybe a little too cloying? Hard to really knock it much for that, as it lingers pleasantly.

D - If socially acceptable, I would drink this beer all day. Hell, it's only 9am, I'm off today and there's another in my fridge... gotta run!

09-12-2008 13:32:37 | More by speakorspasm
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Poured from tap into a tulip at Holstein's in the Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas.

Pours a still, hazy, pale orange, almost peachy. Not much in the way of head or lacing, just some white bubbles on the edge of the glass.

Aroma is primarily fruity.

Taste is primarily of exotic fruits, malty sweetness, some bitterness in the aftertaste. A touch of spice.

Soft and medium-bodied. Carbonation is there, but not significant.

Tasty and drinkable brew. I think this particular bar may have an old tap as I remember this being more carbonated back at Wurstkuche in LA. The lower carbonation did not seem to detract much from a solid brew.

05-02-2011 03:53:13 | More by ghetto90007
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Served in the 750 mL bottle into a goblet. The color is golden, with a thick, foamy white head. The smell is a slight tartness. The taste is fairly flowery sweet, with a strong honeyish sweetness in the flavor and some candi sugar as well, with very little if any noticable alcohol. Mouthfeel is almost perfectly carbonated. As for drinkability, quite good and one I could definitely drink quite a few of.

Well, this beer was originally raised as a toast to my (soon-to-be) alma mater, California University of PA, and our women's basketball team winning the Div II national champion, but tonight we discovered that one of our favorite craft beer bars changed to a tacky beach theme, so we also raised it as a toast to our old place as well. A nice, flowery, sweet tripel that's definitely a new personal favorite in the style, and one I hope to see in Southwestern PA shortly.

03-28-2004 03:03:46 | More by beergeek279
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New York

4.4/5  rDev +3%

750 ml bottle poured into the big Karmeliet glass.

Yellow-gold pour with a huge foamy head that extends up several inches and into the fluted part of the glass. Holds extremely well and fades gently leaving a big lace. A beautiful beer.

Smell is light and tart, with a citrus scent mixing well with a candy-sugar sweetness and a very light hop spiciness. Lovely.

Flavor is outstanding, fairly sweet but not cloyingly so, yeasty flavors coming through, as are some apple and pear flavors that give it a nice crispness, and a fair amount of lemony flavors as well. Very light hoppiness in the taste, too. Mouthfeel is spritzy on the front of the tongue, but still relatively creamy. Very nice.

Overall: I'm not a huge fan of tripels, but I think I'm in love here. Just all-around solid, easy to drink, and deceptive at 8%.

09-18-2005 19:43:08 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of Lagaffe74


4.4/5  rDev +3%

I poured it in the beautiful factory glass. The color is bright golden, with a nice head. Fairly low retention. Aromas of peaches everywhere in the nose. Nice carbonation on the palate with a sweet start that ends in a semi-dry fashion with notes of grapefruit. Gorgeous brew.

01-16-2007 18:11:50 | More by Lagaffe74
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

11.2oz bottle purchased at Huckleberry's in Spokane for $3.99. Best by date of "20 F 1." Those crafty Belgians have got themselves their own calendar, apparently.

Poured an apricot color crowned with two inches of bubbly, beige foam. Modest sheets of lace are left on the sides of my St. Bernardus glass.

The nose has honey, citrus, earthy notes and a bit of booze.

The taste starts out with a honeyish sweetness that is almost immediately joined by peppery and earthy notes and a restrained lemon flavor. The fadeout is mildly dry. As I worked my way through the bottle, a warming alcohol sensation became increasingly evident.

Light bodied, with that effervescent mouthfeel that is so hard for U.S. versions of the style to duplicate.

Very tasty tripel. I'd happily consume several, but I would no doubt be paying for it later. Definitely one I'll be having again.

08-04-2008 00:01:20 | More by woemad
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

On tap at Burp Castle, NYC. Served in a Karmeliet chalice. Looks great....clear dark gold.... huge white head that coats the chalice and slowly lowers to a film.
Smell is honey-malt and alcohol. Faint fruit.
Taste was not as complex as other's reviews state....not sure why..??
But, mostly, it's sweet malt and alcohol right up front...that may not sound too good, but there is some pear and banana in the background...and for whatever reason, this brew was awesome !! It didn't gain any new flavor in warming....but tasted better. Can't explain, but so what....this is goood stuff. I love tripels, and the more complex the better....but this one was so simply appealing, I had to have two....even though there were other really interesting beers that I haven't tried yet on tap.
The mouthfeel was heavy, syrupy...medium carbonation.
I will definitely try a bottle...and look forward to finding it on tap again. Highly recommended...IMHO.

04-17-2006 19:40:38 | More by Hautacam
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

A- Bright golden yellow color with good retention. Solid white head and lacing decorate the glass. Looks fanatastic.

S- Malt sweetness, mild spices, and slight fruit esters from the yeast.

T- Fruity, dry and sweet on the back end. Very balanced flavors, nothing takes over the palate. Great dry finish too.

M- Really light and fluffy on the palate; has a nice bubbly tickle too.

O- Great belgian, very true to the style.

10-02-2011 20:47:05 | More by Kshock
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

This beer is like the girl you met at the beach as a teenager.. You saw her pour into the ocean. Her golden blonde hair going under just as a wave crashes over her and capped with huge white cap of foam on top.. eventually the blonde shines through again. Later you walk by her on the Boardwalk she smells of light spicy earth and perfume. you work up the nerve to finally address her and her kiss tastes of good light bread, a touch of light brown sugar, citrus a bit of apple and spice... The taste lingers on your lips and gets deeper some how warming you like that first shot of brandy your uncle gave you. Your mouth feels clean and warm after you walk home... The taste leave you wanting more and more.. THis is one hell of a beer that proves that its not only the Monks that are brewing kick ass beers in Belgium. I hope this stuff comes back on tap soon in the area.

07-20-2004 04:51:47 | More by TinusTime
Photo of EPICAC


4.4/5  rDev +3%

Continuing on my Belgian beer kick, tonight I purchased a bottle of Tripel Karmeliet at Downtown Wine & Spirits. It comes in a 11.2 oz. brown bottle, which says "'3 grain' beer, still brewed after a 17th century recipe from the old Carmelite monastery of Dendermonde". I chilled this while I ate dinner, and then let it warm to approximately 50°F. I didn't have my normal glassware. I served this in a rather odd, conical, glass from The Old Toad in Rochester, NY.

Appearance: This beer looks like a standard Tripel. It pours a hazy golden, that appears almost orange at times. The beer is topped by a mountain of white head that recedes, but still leaves a layer at the surface an eighth to a quarter inch thick, with nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: There are spicy, almost peppery notes here, along with fruity aromas.

Taste: Up front spicy peppery notes are prominent. Sweet fruity flavors emerge in the center, along with a bready yeasty falvor, but the spiciness remains. This beer finishes sweet with an alcoholic warmth. The presence of hops here is subtle.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and medium bodied. The carbonation here is prickly, but not overdone.

Drinkability: This is a delicious beer. I could have a few of these.

Overall: This is a really nice example of the style. The flavors are complex, but well-balanced.

01-28-2006 04:07:16 | More by EPICAC
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Tripel Karmeliet
750 ml green colored bottle with a caged cork
Bottle conditioned

I served this beer in a St Feuillien wide mouthed chalice. Pours an attractive mustard yellow color with a nice white head on top. The head has great sustain and leaves sticky lacings all over the glass.

Strong aroma of fruits, spices, Belgian yeast and oats. Prominent floral whiffs as well.

What a delicious Tripel....flavors of honey sweetness, spicy cloves, black pepper, and citrus fruit (oranges) take over the palate. The mouthfeel is creamy and syrupy with a grain, oat and wheat presence. I love complex this beer is. There is alot going on.

This is an awesome beer, no question about it. I was lucky enough to have this on tap at Anam Cara (Brookline, MA) a few months ago and it blew me away. If you enjoy Tripels, this is strongly recommended.

02-12-2005 20:51:36 | More by Hibernator
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Best before 20/02/2005. Prides itself on being brewed with "3 grains after a 17th century recipe".

Pours to a slightly cloudy golden (even with the yeast added) with peach accents, forming a large spontaneously peaking head with meringue consistency, superior retention and good lacing. Carbonation is medium-strong. Aroma is very nice..I detect phenoic cloves, bananas, melon, a touch of acetic acid, the distinct aroma of orange and coriander (though it's hard to believe I'd find these in a triple), and a distinct twang of rotting muskmelon. Mouthfeel is spritzy with a medium-dense body and a syrupy middle and finish. Taste begins with a ton of bananas and spicy cloves, lots of pale malt and candi sugar sweetness throughout, powdered sugar, lots of coriander with associated slight ruddiness offset by the carbonation, a very mild non-descript bitterness, a pleasantly syrupy middle, and ending in a sweet-tart aftertaste with a ton of fruits...noticeably ripe pears and muskmelon. Alcohol is imperceptable with no appreciable off-flavors.

One of the richest triples I've had...very much a dessert brew, and a 11.2 oz bottle is about enough for me, although I would gladly drink this in the future. Quality brew, and one of the finer triples I've had. Recommended.

07-13-2004 00:15:32 | More by Mitchster
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

My rating is for a 75cl corked green bottle. This one opened like champagne and poured just the same with a high carbonation and a champagne like head. The head settles down to a creamy dense froth and rests there the duration. Lacing is subtle and scattered inside the glass in various places. Tiny streams of bubbles rise gallantly from the bottom of the glass throughout the session. Aroma is fruity and spicy with a subtle earthiness to it. The mouthfeel is like a comfortable pillow, smooth and delicate with a warming finish. Flavor is as complex as any good Tripel I've had and the use of three grains enhances the complexity even more. Fruity, earthy sweet and a full complex malt flavor. This bottle was good to the very last drop and I enjoyed it completely. Thanks JohnnyDuvel :)

08-26-2003 00:02:29 | More by BierReise
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Poured into a Chimay goblet from a brown 11.2 oz. bottle stamped 02HI (meaning unknown). This beer was a gift to me from barefottbrewer and LifeIsGood. Purchased at Martin's in Metairie, LA.

A: Slightly hazy golden amber with a montrous fluffy white head that recedes slowly to a nice sticky lacing

S: Sweet floral and fruity aromas with a touch of vanilla

T: Faint vanilla and sweet fruity flavors dominate, but not overbearing. A nice clean tasting brew. Faint alcohol on the back.

M: Very clean and crisp flavor. High carbonation that leaves the tongue buzzing sip after sip.

D: Very nice tripel. The alcohol is very subtle, so watch out. Sip this beer and the flavors become more complex as it warms.

03-14-2008 02:17:01 | More by usmittymc
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

08-23-2014 23:22:42 | More by CosaRara
Photo of FanofHefe


4.4/5  rDev +3%

750 ml bottle with cage and cork. Even a light pour of this bottle produces a huge fluffy white head that looks great. Slightly hazy golden body with some carbonation bubbles rising to the top of the glass.

The aroma says "Belgian." Spicy pepper, slightly funky yeast and some fruity esters in the background. Inviting.

The flavor is an interesting mix of the aroma with some welcome additions. Spicy pepper followed by tangy lemon citrus finishing with a sweet flavor that I would normally attribute to the barley malt, but here is bit more complex. The alcohol blends in and is only mildly noticeable.

Medium mouthfeel with a high level of carbonation. Superior Tripel.

03-01-2011 01:40:33 | More by FanofHefe
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4.4/5  rDev +3%

Hazy, very yellow in color. Pours like champagne. Big, fizzy head that dies back to a weak looking ring and a half-skin covering the surface.

Smell is really strong and nice. Very close to Mountain Dew. Second swirl I smell white peppercorns and grape leaves or stems. Earthy and light at the same time.

Tastes rather light for a Belgian tripel but very complex. After reading the bottle I can detect the presence of oats and wheat. The classic Belgian candy sugar taste makes a cameo at the final curtain but the finish is clean. There's a slight citrusy tang, probably from the yeast, that is pleasant though short of refreshing.

The mouthfeel is really nice. Light, as I said before but it goes through many stages. First a rush of soft bubbles on top of a layer of malt/grain body and tangy yeast, carbonation pricks the mouth all over then as the swallow happens, the malt and sugar tastes rise and the prickly carbonation wipes it all clean. Really cool.

What sets this apart from other tripels I've had so far is the drinkability. This one wins. The alcohol is invisible in the taste, cloaked in plain sight by the gossamer body of this very satisfying drink.

Score yet another for the Belgians. They sure can brew it.

03-20-2009 02:03:25 | More by StrangeBrewer76
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4.41/5  rDev +3.3%

A - honey orange with paper white foamy head.

S - a bit tame. I was afraid this was going to be a generic lager and was pleasantly surprised.

T - smooth not overly sweet or bitter. Great aftertaste.

M - smooth no burn no fusil.

D - great anytime beer. Like a beer-champagne with a hint of pancake.

07-19-2013 00:53:15 | More by jeranbrews
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

A - orange/yellow with a white head.

S - yeast, fruity esters, and earthiness from the hops.

T - citrus and some grass/floral/herbal notes. The finish is crisp/clean and a refreshing lemon with a slight bitterness.

M - Light body, crisp and well carbonated.

O - this is a great tripel. It is very drinkable, lightly flavored and lightly aromatic. It is really refreshing.

12-27-2011 23:56:16 | More by 3HovsepiansBrews
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Ontario (Canada)

4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Single bottle from the LCBO, part of the fall release. Enjoyed on a cool rainy fall day.

Poured into my Duvel chalice. Lovely light golden, nice billowing head, recedes into a thin ring. Some lacing. Decent looking tripel.

Nose is stellar: lovely fresh citrus, soft wheat malt, a bit of yeast, spices, bubblegum, herbal hops. Essentially what I think of when I think tripel.

Tastes just as nice. Good herbal/bubblegum character, nice citrus bite to mellow out the sweetness, bit of spice and yeast to the finish. Very drinkable.

Mild bodied, easy to drink, light, moderate to high carbonation.

One of the finest Belgian tripels I've come across. Hits all the right notes. Definitely will be back for more of this.

10-27-2012 21:26:16 | More by JohnnyBarman
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4.43/5  rDev +3.7%

Served on tap at Choice City in a large wine glass.

Pale golden straw color with good clarity.

Aroma is lemony and fresh. Really enjoyable smell

Flavor is really nice too. Great yellow cake, lemon, and mild spice. Great depth of flavor with a subtle month herbal quality.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall a really nice trippel. Kudos to the dude who made the recommendation.

06-27-2011 22:28:54 | More by GilGarp
Tripel Karmeliet from Brouwerij Bosteels
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